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Friday, May 20, 2011

Get active in the Highlands!

Scotland’s Highlands are famous for their stunning scenery, breathtaking views, rolling hills and excellence in food and drink.  However, the sheer diversity of the area’s constantly expanding conferencing portfolio has made the Highlands an increasingly popular option for organisations.  From top hotels, purpose built conference centres and unique venues, there is a location to suit every budget and any event from large conferences to intimate drinks receptions.


As 2011 is the Year of Active Scotland, what better way than to mark this with a team building event at one of the Highlands’ many outdoor activity centres?  From archery, to abseiling, and from riding a rib boat over a Loch to attempting to ‘walk on water’ in a giant WOW ball, Scotland offers a range of activities to challenge even the most adventurous.


Golf remains firmly on the agenda as Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness has been named as the new home of the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open.  Why not mix business with a few games of golf at one of Scotland’s top golfing resorts and meeting venues?

There is a great deal of business going on in the Highlands. With so many venues and activities to choose from for a meeting or incentive, here are just a few of the highlights...



Northern hotels



The New Drumossie Hotel, Inverness


A deluxe 4 star hotel in the heart of the Highlands, the Drumossie Hotel is set in nine acres of Parkland overlooking the Moray Firth.  With seven conferencing and meeting rooms, the Drumossie has hosted banquets and small intimate events and caters for larger events for up to 600 guests.  With excellent transport links and plenty of parking, the Drumossie Hotel can meet all business requirements and can provide an overnight stay with 44 superior bedrooms.


The New Drumossie Hotel
Old Perth Road
01463 236451



The Kingsclub Hotel and Spa & Kingsmills Hotel


Ideally located near to the centre of Inverness, the four-star Kingsmills Hotel has invested millions into the luxury Kingsclub Hotel and Spa situated nearby.  Offering a superb choice of luxury air-conditioned bedrooms, a beauty spa and salon, mezzanine lounge, business centre, massage suites, relaxation area, green space, exclusive bar and restaurant and views of the Inverness Golf Course, the Kingsclub offers a superior choice for a meeting as well as the perfect retreat after a busy day.


Built in 1786 for William Inglis who was later to become Provost of Inverness, the original house is home to the Kingsmills Hotel.  The Hotel has five meeting rooms, the largest of which is the Burns room, which can hold up to 100 delegates. 


The Kingsmills Hotel
& The Kingsclub Hotel & Spa
Culcabock Road, Inverness
01463 237166



Hilton Coylumbridge


One of the leading resort hotels in the Highlands, the Hilton Coylumbridge is set in a 65 acre woodland estate in the heart of Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park.  The Cairngorm conference and banqueting suite holds 800 guests and caters for a wide range of events including conferences, exhibitions, meetings and incentive hospitality.  Facilities for delegates also include two indoor swimming pools, a sauna, solarium, and tennis courts.  With a wide range of activities and facilities both within the resort and the local area, it is the perfect getaway whether you are visiting for business or pleasure.


Hilton Coylumbridge
PH22 1QN
01479 811309



MacDonald Aviemore Highland Resort Hotel


The Macdonald Aviemore Resort also lies at the heart of Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park. All of the conference facilities are onsite, and the venue is within a short drive of forest, lochs and private estates that can be used for the ‘active’ element of an event. There is a 1,000m² Exhibition Hall and eight flexible meeting rooms, ideal for various types of events and meetings.


MacDonald Aviemore Highland Resort Hotel
Dalfabar Drive
PH22 1PN
0844 879 9152


Historic Venues



Achnagairn House


Located eight miles from the centre of Inverness, this exclusive use venue is ideal to escape to the solitude of the countryside, whether for a conference or for a brainstorming away day.  Available to groups from 10 to 260, the mansion has 24 individually designed bedrooms.  The crowning glory of the House is the breathtaking ballroom, which is perfect for an evening reception or large day meeting.


Achnagairn House
Kirkhill, Inverness-shire
0845 0574 212


Aldourie Castle and Estate


Open since Summer 2009, Aldourie Castle is an historic, fairytale Highland castle nestled amidst stunning scenery on the quiet south shore of Loch Ness.   Lovingly restored by some of Britain’s leading heritage interior designers and restoration experts, Aldourie exhibits all the character and charm of its Victorian heyday. It really is magical. The Castle is set to become one of Scotland’s finest exclusive use venues: a residential rural retreat serving both the leisure and corporate markets (MICE plus product and film launches). The Castle’s bedrooms are outstanding and its public rooms lend themselves to a wide range of uses. Marquees can be erected on the lawn overlooking Loch Ness for larger parties.


Aldourie Castle and Estate
Loch Ness, Inverness
0870 625 0264




The game of golf was born in Scotland, has thrived on Scottish soil and continues to develop and evolve as one of the nation’s most valuable assets.  With over 550 golf courses to choose from in Scotland, as much business is done on the golf course as it is in the board room.



Castle Stuart Golf Links to Stage the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open


The European Tour has entered into an agreement with Castle Stuart Golf Links, situated between Inverness and Nairn on Scotland's Moray Firth coast, which has been confirmed as the venue for the Barclays Scottish Open. The 2011 Championship will be played from 7th – 10th July.


The views afforded by the golf course are spectacular; from Castle Stuart itself, a regal 17th Century citadel positioned behind the fourth green; to the Chanonry Lighthouse across the Moray Firth to the east and the Kessock Bridge, the gateway to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, to the west.


Castle Stuart Golf
Balnaglack Farmhouse
Inverness, IV2 7JL
01463 795440



Get active!



Golf isn’t the only way to get out and enjoy the fresh-air of the Highlands.  There are other activities to make an event memorable.


Wildwoodz Paintball – Laserstrike


Ideal as a team-building exercise and as a fun and active way to enjoy the great outdoors, Laserstrike is one of the ‘serious fun’ activities run by Wildwoodz - a leading outdoor activity provider operating in the Highlands.  Laserstrike is a safe combat sport, using infra-red beams.  Offering an unforgettable experience it’s the chance to develop leadership and strategy-making skills, as well as having fun in the fresh country air of Inverness-shire.


Wildwoodz Paintball
Viewmount Cottage
Precincts Road
Fortrose, IV10 8TT
01381 622220



Boots n Paddles


Another outdoor adventure activity company with bases in Inverness and Aviemore, Boots n Paddles organises many fun and challenging activities including open canoeing, archery, climbing, abseiling, hill walking, orienteering, winter mountaineering, winter skills, mountain biking, gorge walking, canyoning and weaselling.  The company also arranges the use of WOW balls – large inflatable balls which literally walk on water!


Boots N Paddles
14 Cabrich, Kirkhill
By Inverness, IV5 7PH
0463 871297



Cruise Loch Ness


A cruise on Loch Ness is really the only way to fully appreciate its beauty and mystery and take in the stunning scenery of the Highlands.  Exploring Loch Ness by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) gets visitors up close and personal with the Loch, more easily than with larger boats.  The Royal Scot is equipped with the latest hi-tech Simrad colour sonar and Olex 3D underwater imaging system, providing the best chance to see what really lies at the bottom of Loch Ness! 


Cruise Loch Ness
Fort Augustus
PH32 4BN
01320 366277




A Highlands venue with a difference



Eden Court Theatre and Cinemas


Eden Court is the premier arts and entertainment venue in the north of Scotland, with a cinema, the 840-seat Empire theatre and studio. Eden Court is also one of the largest, most adaptable conference and business locations in the region. Spanning three centuries of architecture, Eden Court boasts state-of-the-art facilities with conference and meeting facilities for events of all sizes and requirements; from 2 delegates to over 800.  Located in the centre of Inverness, boasting a magnificent riverside setting, Eden Court is just a short distance from Inverness train station and only a twenty minute drive from Inverness airport. 


Eden Court Theatre and Cinemas
Bishops Road
01463 239841



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